Snuggle events changed Dave Wheitner’s life. During a challenging time, he found support among a long-established community of cuddling experts.
No one had written down their collective wisdom to share with the world. With their help, he created this award-winning resource.
Some pay nearly $1,500 for cuddle facilitator training, or $60 per hour for professional cuddling. These valuable services aren’t accessible to everyone.
The Snuggle Party Guidebook gives you a wealth of snuggling expertise for less than $20. Whether you just want more physical affection or wish to become a professional cuddler, you’ll find valuable information.
A Wealth of Snuggle Secrets
The Snuggle Party Guidebook gives you many valuable tools:
- an explanation of snuggle parties and cuddle events, and their numerous benefits
- tips on how to recruit other snugglers and create your own touch-positive tribe, even if you’re a bit shy
- 25 fun touch-positive games and activities to introduce others to snuggling and cuddling, co-authored with Amy Baker of Envision Arts Studio
- ideas and tools for creating a safe, comfortable snuggling environment
- pointers on self-care and getting support, such as money and volunteers
- tips for addressing sexuality, gender, couples/dating, and cultural diversity
- concepts and resources also relevant to one-on-one snuggling, cuddle coaching or consulting, and snuggle therapy, should you choose to branch out in other directions
- strategies for managing even some of the less common dynamics
- ways platonic snuggling can complement and enhance romantic relationships
More Total Awesomeness
- Sales of the book support another good cause: 20% of net profits through October 2015 will help to increase nourishing touch for children in the foster care system.
- Also included are a groovy foreword by LoveTribe founder Jas Davis and the delightfully snuggly animal sketches of Kristen Reynolds.
- And plenty of cuddly animal photos. It may make you want to jump into a puppy pile right off the bat!
Experts Praise The Snuggle Party Guidebook
“Dave Wheitner’s The Snuggle Party Guidebook is far more than an excellent and thorough guidebook. It is an inspirational work that opens delightful pathways to intimacy with oneself and others. I loved how it offers healing from limiting stereotypical gender roles, and the accompanying photos always brought a smile to my face. Don’t miss this book!”
– Karla Baur, M.S.W., sex therapist and co-author of Our Sexuality, the best-selling college textbook
“Want more friendly nurturing touch in your life? Dave’s book can show you how to get started – and Dave, can I come to one of your snuggle parties?”
– Dr. Betty Martin, author of Touch: Receiving, Giving, Taking, Allowing (forthcoming), Cuddle Party board member & facilitator
“Sex therapists today are like the doctors who were faced with treating strep throat before the widespread accessibility of penicillin, except that the needed medicine now is touch. I’m convinced that our culture’s explosion of addiction is directly tied to a massive shortage of opportunities for consensual and loving touch. Snuggle Party is simply code for pop-up clinic for the soul.”
– Buster Ross, MA, AASECT Certified Sexuality Counselor
“As a Professional Cuddler, I am so proud of the concepts of non-sexual touch in this book. With the tools here anyone can master touch and improve their life in a simple but profound way.”
– Samantha Hess, founder of Cuddle Up to Me, author of Touch: The Power of Human Connection
“An easy to use guidebook on how to run snuggle events as well as a gentle description of the importance of touch for all of us. I recommend it highly!”
– Virgil Cater, R.N., founder of Opening to Love, event facilitator, Certified Spiritual Sexual Educator, Certified Tantric Educator
Author, Advisors, & Contributors
The Snuggle Party Guidebook incorporates the collective wisdom and talents of many people. In addition to individual credits listed, everyone below provided useful feedback on the content of the manuscript, developed or enhanced a number of important concepts, and influenced the book in other ways. Click photos to jump to bios.
Dave is the author of The Snuggle Party Guidebook. You can connect with him through the Wheitner Authentic Living page on Facebook or Google+, or through the contact form at the Wheitner Authentic Living website, where he also maintains his blog and other resources.
Dave guides others to create happier and more powerful lives through his strategic life coaching practice. An avid observer of human behavior and social interaction, he holds a degree in psychology from Yale University, an M.A. in Community Counseling from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and life coaching certification.
Alongside participating in various workshops and trainings on awareness, authenticity, sensuality, sexuality, and personal growth, he has worked on a number of projects related to social, ecological, and economic sustainability, and health and well-being.
Dave has created and co-facilitated snuggles with Oregon Touch (now Conscious Touch NW), and appears in the short documentary Touch, along with some of his music compositions. An award-winning author, his prior works include Naked Idealism, an empowerment guide for socially conscious and outside-the-box people; and More Than a Sidewalk to Sleep On: A Wealth of Inspiring Gratitudes from Homeless & Low-Income Americans. A mostly plant-based person, he authored The Global Vegan Waffle Cookbook and The Vegan Chocolate Seduction Cookbook.
His sensual poetry appears in the anthology Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love, and some of his music at davewheitner.com includes social change messages.
Through 15 years of co-hosting events that developed into WaffleParty.com, a celebration of conscious eating, Dave gained an appreciation for parties as social change tools. He then discovered snuggle parties during a challenging period of life transition, and experienced their life-changing impacts. He is excited to share this knowledge with others.
Amy-Liana Baker adapted and contributed a number of the touch-positive, connective games that appear in the book.
Amy is an art therapist, writer, and artist. Her current project and passion is a website and virtual community dedicated to blending creativity, collaborative play, and mindfulness practices to support each person’s unique path of recovery, healing, and growth.
Amy received her Master of Arts in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and Art Therapy from Naropa University. She is also a breathwork coach, and has studied body-centered practices including Hakomi and Focusing.
Amy has facilitated expressive arts playshops in Portland, Oregon. She has been a a co-organizer of Conscious Touch NW. You can learn more about Amy’s work, including a range of creative and interactive workshops, at envisonplay.com.
Bob and Maggie Zadikov co-authored Vitamin T: A Guide to Healthy Touch, one of the earlier works to bring knowledge on nourishing touch to the general public.
Bob is known nationally and internationally for his dynamic presentations to conferences, corporations, small businesses, universities, hospitals, government agencies and schools. Having spoken before groups of 20 to 2,000, he offers keynotes, seminars and retreats. His presentation style is a blend of information, stories, skill-building activities, group discussions, interactive exercises, and action plans. Bob delivers a universal, lighthearted message about health, happiness and success.
Committed to love as a spiritual path, Bob and Maggie have been friends, lovers, and spouses since 1981. They are ministers of the nonprofit organization Grace and officiate ceremonies and celebrations. Their circle of kindred spirits acknowledges them as experts on the subject of love and relationships.
Information on Bob and Maggie’s books and work, including interactive workshops on touch-related topics, is at abundancecompany.com.
James “Jas” Davis
Jas authored the foreword for the book. He is the founder of LoveTribe, which catalyzed the first known formally organized snuggle parties in the U.S., and spearheaded a range of other touch-positive events.
LoveTribe’s leaders, now known as the LoveGuild, have also created TribalLove.net, a website with tools for organizing touch-positive and heart-centered events, and for connecting with others interested in such events. The organization operates under an innovative member-owned cooperative model that may set an example for other social change organizations.
Jas has studied Hakomi, a body-oriented therapy, and is the co-founder of Organic Relating, a group offering exercises that experientially teach about relationship development for friends and partners. He has been creating events in the realms of organic relating and somatic resourcing for over 10 years.
Ashley “Jack” Ohana
Along with Stara Shakti, Jack co-founded Touch Positive Oregon (now Conscious Touch NW), the group that largely inspired this book.
In addition to her history organizing touch-positive groups and events, Jack is a screenwriter in Hollywood. She is working on a number of feature-length projects with her manager in Los Angeles, as well as collaborating with other filmmakers in a production company, Fistful of Fools Films. Her first short film, “Puja” a humorous exploration into cultural appropriation, has finished filming and is currently in post-production. She also has another short in pre-production.
Kristen created the snuggly animal sketches that appear throughout the book, and inspired Dave to become even more involved in snuggles.
She has a BA in Painting and has been a cartoonist for thirty years. As an avid environmentalist, she attended many meetings and became concerned about the difficulty people had in communicating and resolving conflicts.
In 2007, she discovered Nonviolent Communication and began teaching it to environmental, church, and intentional community groups in Roanoke, Virginia. She has also explored other communication modalities that might help people work and play together with more harmony.
In 2011, Kristen moved to Portland, Oregon and discovered their thriving touch positive community. She observed how touch quickly bonded people and lowered anxiety within a community. She began hosting snuggle events, and in 2013, became the lead organizer for what has evolved into Conscious Touch NW.
Stara Shakti enthusiastically introduced Dave to the Portland snuggling scene, leading to a range of connections that catalyzed the book.
A healer and life coach, Stara works with clients individually as well as facilitates classes, workshops, and events. Over the last decade, she has led groups on The Artist’s Way, women’s empowerment, boundaries, and more.
Stara found like-minded community in LoveTribe, where she organized snuggle parties and other events. Along with Ashley “Jack” Ohana, Stara co-founded Touch Positive Oregon (now Conscious Touch NW). As a facilitator, Stara creates strong, safe containers for healing and transformation to occur.
Stara is currently pursuing credentials to be a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), specializing in trauma. She is also an expert at preparing kale in a variety of ways.
Maggie, with Bob Czimbal, has co-authored several books including Vitamin T: A Guide to Healthy Touch and Kindred Spirits: The Quest for Love and Friendship.
Maggie holds Masters degrees in Education as well as Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She has been involved with the Wellness movement since 1982, when she teamed up with Bob Czimbal, personally and professionally.
She has been a Licensed Acupuncturist since 1994 and has a private practice in her home sanctuary. She also provides acupuncture at Mary’s Woods, a senior retirement community. Maggie is skilled at creating an atmosphere of nurturance and trust within which patients can take increasing responsibility for health and well-being.
Maggie has been a dancer since the age of 5. She is currently in a tribal belly dance troupe, the Dalai Mamas, which is dedicated to fundraising for international women’s micro-lending organizations. She also loves ecstatic dance.
Information on Bob and Maggie’s books and work is at abundancecompany.com.
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